“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, who teams with Gandalf and a pack of dwarves for an adventure. It is the first of what will be a 3-part adaptation of “The Hobbit” and takes place 60-years before Frodo’s journey.
How you feel about this movie will be determined by how you felt about the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. If you loved it and were itching to get back to Middle Earth than you will probably be pleased. Otherwise, you might get bored. If you’re like me, you will find yourself fantastically bored and dozing through multiple scenes, especially while visiting the soothing Rivendell. Peter Jackson is so in love with this story that he wants to chronicle every second of the trip. It isn’t necessary and at almost 3 hours, way too long. Thank goodness for a climactic battle scene and an even better show-down between Bilbo and Gollum or I might still might be sleepily drooling into my popcorn.
The new super high definition format is also distracting. It allows the viewer to see 48 frames per second instead of the usual 24 frames, which sounds great but it sometimes makes “An Unexpected Journey” look like a daytime soap-opera. It also causes sensory overload during the battle scenes, which might cause you to claw at your face and scream, “MY EYES! DEAR GOD MY EYES!”
Unless you’re itching to see the technology first-hand, just watch this one in 3D.
I’m giving “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” a C but my husband, the Peter Jackson fan had a different reaction. I asked what he thought, with my claws out and ready to tear “The Hobbit” to pieces, but he said, “I LOVED it!” He agreed with my complaints and took a brief nap in Rivendell as well, but for him the return to Middle Earth was totally worth it. And who knows? If you’re a Peter Jackson nerd like him, you just might feel the same way.